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Selected Employment


Creative Provocateur ~ Fabrication Futurist at Google [X]: X.company January 2018 – current

Innovating the future of manufacturing, leading moonshot investigations, and prototyping some of the coolest creations that I can’t tell you about it.

Head of The Design Kitchen at  Google [X]: X.company January 2017 – January 2018

The Design Kitchen is the in-house design consultancy and prototyping lab that focuses on early stage proof-of-concept prototyping.

Google X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. We investigate uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses are developed and taken out into the world.


Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University: June 2012 – Dec 2017


Technical Consultant: Robotic Additive High-Rate Deposition Manufacturing

Welding & fabrication expert for 3D robotic metal printing, machine learning project

Applied Research Lab: Autodesk Pier 9: February 2016 – January 2017


Executive Director: Stanford Creative Ignition Lab: June 2014 – Dec 2016

HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University and Autodesk


Director: ReDesigning Theater: June 2012 – Dec 2014

HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University


Founder / Executive Director: The Crucible: January 1999 – January 2011

  • Conceived of & founded The Crucible. Crafted & designed its image, brand, & identity
  • Raised over 8 million dollars from individuals & corporate sponsors
  • Developed and oversaw the annual organizational budget of $3 million annually
  • Managed, hired, trained, mentored, & evaluated 30 staff, 90 faculty, & 800 volunteers annually
  • Developed strategic vision & lead strategic planning processes
  • Designed and developed educational programs serving over 8,000 youth & adult annually
  • Pioneered, designed, directed, & produced theatrical benefit performances for 25,000 annually
  • Designed 2 Crucible facilities: classrooms, work spaces, gallery, & theater spaces
  • Solicited, quoted, & managed commissioned projects & an entrepreneurial product line
  • Oversaw the creation of the marketing, public relations, development, & communications plans
  • Acted as the principal public & media spokesperson & promoter
  • Cultivated & maintained critical social, political, governmental & community relationships
  • Built alliances with city officials, agencies, community organizations, stakeholders, & unions
  • Cultivated supportive contacts with local & national television, radio, magazine & web media


Lead Designer / Fabricator: Voltage Metal Works 1994 – Current
• Innovative custom porotypes in metal, wood, glass & fire effects.
• Architectural, ornamental, lighting, furniture, hardware, automotive, & motorcycle prototypes


Prototype Builder / Shop Manager: KID Group 1989 – 1990
Product Design top 10 invention group with over 250 licensed products
• Created product prototypes and designs for a variety of products, including children’s toys to
food packaging, and health care products to personal electronics.


Selected Teaching

2015- current Guest Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship, San Francisco Arts Institute, CA

2013- current Guest Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship Program, UC Berkeley, CA

2012- current Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering Design, d.school, Stanford University, CA

1999-12 The Crucible Oakland, CA: metal & glass departments
1995-99 Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA: bronze casting, ceramic sculpture
1998      California College of Arts, Oakland, CA: sodium silicate sand molding
1998      The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: figurative metal sculpture
1997      The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: introduction to metal working
1997      Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI: iron casting
1997      The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL: forging and metal forming
1996      National Institute for Art & Disabilities, Richmond, CA: ceramics
1996      Xcentric Metal Works, Oakland, CA: welding, metal design & fabrication
1996      Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA: stone carving, ceramics
1994-96 Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA: ceramics, woodworking
1995      ASUC Art Studio at U.C. Berkeley, CA: clay carving & glass cullet glazing
1994      Mendocino Art Center, CA : sodium silicate bronze casting
1994      Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Oakland, CA: fine arts
1992      Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy: marble carving


Selected Design Thinking Instruction

2016    80 Founders & CEOs via Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

2016    70 CEOs from China via China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

2015    35 Students from Nanyang Tech University EMBA

2015    50 Entrepreneurs via the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University

2014    42 Students & faculty from Indian School of Design & Innovation ISDI Parsons Mumbai

2014    26 Guangdong Province Mayors, China: Stanford Center for International Development


Selected Lectures 

2017    Keynote: Digi.logue Summit: Future Tellers, Istanbul, Turkey

2017    Keynote: Future City, Et Cultura Festival, St Pete, Florida

2016    Keynote: TMTpost T-EDGE Innovation Summit: Beyond Impossible, Beijing, China

2016    California College of Arts: “Teaching Robots to Weld” San Francisco, CA

2016    Lazer: Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous “Creative Education” UC Berkley, CA

2014    TEDx Stanford: “Harness Your Creativity” Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2012    LIU Lecture Series: Graduate Design Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2011    World Conference on Mass Customization: Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

2009   “Art & Design” Kitengela Glass Research & Training Trust Nairobi, Kenya

2007   “Kinetic Art ” The Learning Connexion Ltd Wellington, New Zealand

1999   “From Artist to Teacher to Director” Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997   “Alternative Ceramic Techniques” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1994   “Ceramic Sculpture Techniques” Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA



1998    Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1994    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture – magna cum laude

New York State College of Ceramics: School of Art & Design: Alfred University, NY

1992    Stone Carving Residency: Studio de Sem Ghelardini, Pietrasanta (Luca) Italy

1992    Honors Sculpture Program: Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy


Leadership Training

2010    LeaderSpring Fellow: 2-year Leadership Program for nonprofit executive directors


Selected Awards / Honors

2016     Theatron Network Advisor: Redesigning Theatre, Royal Danish Theatre, Denmark

2014     Favorite Professor: Knight Fellow Award, Stanford University, CA

2007     World Land Speed Record: Motorcycle on B100% bio-diesel, Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

1998     Absolut Au Kurant Juried Invitational Merit Award, Chicago, IL

1998     Dussek Campbell-Yates Shaping the Future Award, Chicago, IL

1998     Edward L. Rhyerson Fellowship Award The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1996     Jury Award Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, CA

1994     Olin Award: F.W. Olin College of Business, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1994     Departmental Honors: The School of Art & Design, NYSCC, Alfred, NY

1993     Jury Award for outstanding media articulation: School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY

1992     Award for excellence in sculpture: S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy


Selected Consulting

Organizational & program development, facility design, user experience design: 2004 – current


Live Theatrical Productions

2017   “Viva La Resistance!” Fire Theater: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: designer & director

2016   “The Origin of Love” Fire Theater: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: designer & director

2014   “Quest” Live engagement: Innovation Endeavors, Santa Cruz, CA: designer & director

2013   “Oakland School for Arts Anniversary” Fox Theater, Oakland, CA: designer & director

2010   “Heat” Fire Cabaret: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer

2009   “Dracul: Prince of Fire” Fire Ballet: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer

2008   “Firebird” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer

2007   “Romeo & Juliet” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer

2007   “The Fire Odyssey” Epic theatre: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer

2006   “Seven Deadly Sins” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer

2004   “Dido & Aeneas” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer

1999-2009 “Fire Arts Festivals” Annual event at The Crucible: Designer & producer


Solo Art Exhibitions

1999     “Machines of Metal & Light” Blasthaus, San Francisco, CA

1998     “Organsmatic & Mechanatomical Works” The Better Weimaraner Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995     “Signs of Life” Art Tech: Holmes Fine Art Gallery, San Jose, CA

1994     “Remains and Artifacts of A Dead Planet” NYSCC, School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY

1991     “From Here to Reality” Garden Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

1990     “In the Beginning” Salathe’ Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA